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The iconic Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The fashion industry was hit with a huge loss yesterday when it was announced that Karl Lagerfeld had sadly passed away at the age of 85.

Karl was one of the industries favourite icons, he was known for being outspoken and to have the occasional controversial opinion but he was adored by so many! The likes of Victoria Beckham, Kylie Jenner and Cara Delevingne took to social media on Tuesday to express their sadness at the loss of the icon.

Karl has achieved so much throughout his career within the fashion industry working with huge designers such as Balmain where he was an assistant for Pierre Balmain before he became the artistic director for Jean Patou and then went on to designing freelance for a few different brands including Chloe and Valentino.

In 1967 Karl was then hired by Fendi where he was hired to modernise their fur line but what he is best known for is his triumph career at Chanel, which began back in the 1980s. Where he ‘bought Chanel back to life’ after the deal of designer Coco Chanel.

In his honour, we look back at some of his best moments and quotes.

1983 - Karl Lagerfeld debuts his first collection for Chanel.

Supermodels including Helena Christensen, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell walk for Chanel

Karl with his beloved cat, Choupette

No expense was spared when it came to the set designs of the Chanel Runways

Wise words from Karl. 

"I am very much down to Earth. Just not this earth."

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."

"Don't dress to kill, dress to survive."

"Luxury bags make your life more pleasant, make you dream, give you confidence, and show your neighbours you're doing well."

“I think everybody should go to bed like they have a date at the door,” 

“My professional life is about forgetting. I make big efforts to forget. Not because I wasn’t happy but because I have to find something else. I cannot stop at what I did,”

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